Thursday, June 11, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY – Students in grades 3-6 to participate in 6th annual Chelsea King Invitational Mile

Media Advisory from San Diego Unified School District, June 11, 2015


Students in grades 3-6 to participate in 6th annual Chelsea King Invitational Mile


CONTACT: Mary Lou Baranowski, Event Coordinator, 858-361-2885


WHAT: More than 150 students in grades 3-6 from schools throughout the district and San Diego are participating in the 6th annual Chelsea King Invitational Mile. Races will be held at each grade level for both boys and girls for a total of eight races. Students qualify for the race based on mile times recorded at their school sites.


WHEN: Friday, June 12, 2015, 12:30-3:15 p.m.


WHERE: Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary School Playground/Dirt field, 4133 Mt. Albertine Ave, 92111


DETAILS: The Chelsea King Invitational Mile was conceived by Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary teacher Mary Lou Baranowski and Roger Drews, a 37-year veteran of multi-sport competitions, shortly after the tragic death of student Chelsea King. The purpose of the race is to honor Chelsea and emphasize the qualities that she demonstrated: athletic excellence, academic achievement and community outreach.


Awards will be given to top the five in each of eight races. The top overall male and female runners will receive a pure silver commemorative medal. 


Notable attendees include runners Paul Greer, Sheri Ball Garcia, Shawn Olin, Steve Scott, Joaquim Cruz, Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, Milena Glusac, Erik Arms, and Dan Shidell, Chelsea's former high school coach.


Additional information can be found on the event website:



12:30 - 12:40 p.m.            

Opening Remarks by Roger Drews and Mary Lou Baranowski

National Anthem by Jon Cochran

17 seconds for Chelsea

Introduce special guests


1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.: Race 1 Start - 3rd grade girls 

1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Race 2 Start - 3rd grade boys

1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.: Race 3 Start - 4th grade girls 

1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Race 4 Start - 4th grade boys

**Guest Speakers

2:15 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. Race 5 Start - 5th grade girls

2:25 p.m. - 2:35 p.m. Race 6 Start - 5th grade boys

2:35 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Race 7 Start - 6th grade girls

2:45 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. Race 8 Start - 6th grade boys

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Final Awards


PHOTOS: Students can be captured as they run their mile. Please check with an adult to verify if student has media release form for close-up shots and interviews. Special guests and speakers will be available for photos and interviews.


SPEAKERS:  Steve Scott, considered to be one of the greatest milers in history. He won the US men's

1,500-meter title six times and the U.S. indoor mile crown four times. He is perhaps best known for having run 136 sub-4 minute miles in his career, more than any other athlete in the world. Scott owns the U.S. Outdoor mile record of 3:47.69 (1982) and the US indoor record in the mile at (3:51.8-1981) and 2000 meters (4:58.6-1981). He is now a coach at Cal State San Marcos.


Sheri Ball-Garcia: Ball-Garcia started competing at age 8 for La Jolla Track Club. At 10 years of age she ran for Wilt's Wonder Women sponsored by Wilt Chamberlain. By age 11, Ball-Garcia was national champion in the mile with a time of 5:03, which is still a record in San Diego County. She continued running through high school at Torrey Pines, then on to college, where she received several scholarships through her track and field performances. Later in life, Ball-Garcia switched to road racing, where she qualified for the Olympic Trials in the marathon.